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Melissa Cohen

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Name: Melissa Cohen
Date registered: March 7, 2013
URL: https://www.melissaannecohen.com

Latest posts

  1. Thoughts on a Three Year Anniversary — April 11, 2019
  2. How I Am Surviving Sam’s IEP Process — March 31, 2019
  3. The Blind Kid — March 25, 2019
  4. Too much — March 7, 2019
  5. Thoughts on turning 45 — January 28, 2019

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Apr 11

Thoughts on a Three Year Anniversary

Marc told me once that he thought losing a child is the worst thing. Losing a child slowly is the second, and watching your child suffer in pain is the third worst thing that any parent can go through. Sam wasn’t ever near death, but the pain and the trauma is something that I don’t …

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Mar 31

How I Am Surviving Sam’s IEP Process

Quick disclaimer – I don’t recommend this path. It’s counter to everything I think the IEP process should be, and it’s exhausting on every level. But it does work – because while I’m not done, I’m slowly getting everything we wanted for Sam for next year. Okay – here it is. I just cry. The …

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Mar 25

The Blind Kid

Purim has never been one of my favorite holidays.  I was first introduced to it as a new mom, with a tiny baby girl who was terrified of the rabbi dressed up like a gorilla.  My subsequent kids were panicked by the megillah reading, with the shouts and noisemakers and then the inevitable arguing over …

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Mar 07

Too much

There are days when the world wants too much from me.  When motherhood demands more than I have to give, and all I can do it toddle along, hoping I’m not dropping too many things. Jessie is sixteen, in the throes of college prep and agonies over sophomore year.  Too many classes, too much homework, …

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Jan 28

Thoughts on turning 45

It looks different than I thought it would.  I don’t know that I had a lot of ideas about what my mid-forties would be like when I was younger, but I know that it feels differently than I thought it would. Forty five is scared.  Not all the time, and not overwhelmingly, but it’s a …

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Dec 18

Adventures in Legal Blindness

Nobody wants to hear that her child is legally blind. Which is part of my problem, I don’t like the fact that he’s visually impaired.  I haven’t come to terms with the reality of it.  I still think, on some level that I know damn well is completely irrational, that if he isn’t labeled as …

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Dec 13

The time has come

I can no longer shop at Children’s Place.  Or Gymboree.  Or even the little kid section at Target. Julie’s built differently from her older sister.  Jessie was shorter, she fit in her age clothes from the time she was tiny.  When she was four months old, she fit into 3-6 months.  When she was seven …

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Dec 12

Tiny secrets

We were at the sukkah celebration earlier tonight.  With three kids of varying ages, I’ve been going to the religious school sukkah celebration for fifteen years now.  But AP Stats homework got in the way for one kid, and another one fell asleep before I left, so it was just me and my youngest tonight. …

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Sep 18

I’m not a cook

I mean, I really hate cooking.  Given the choice, I’d either eat out every night, and have PB&J or tuna fish if I was in the mood to stay home. But with three kids, and a budget, plus a weird desire for them to have a somewhat healthy diet, cook I must.  And again, I …

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Aug 31

IEP

I dropped off Sam’s IEP paperwork today. I’ve been planning to do it for a month or so now.  I was just afraid. I don’t ever want to repeat what happened to him.  Which is, of course, an understatement and too obvious to actually be what I’m saying.  But the two to three months prior …

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